Syrian Refugee Crisis

Many of us are concerned about the refugee crisis that is so much in the news. Here are a few suggested
responses.

  • Write to Congress asking for action for peace in Syria. The Action Alert on our PC USA Office of
    Public Witness web site begins: “Today we are facing the single greatest humanitarian crisis since
    World War II. Over 12 million Syrians have either been displaced internally or have become
    refugees, another quarter million have perished. We need to act now, calling on the US Government to be part of the solution – in addressing the root causes of the Syrian war and in being a place of welcome to those in need of our protection.”
  • Donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at pda.pcusa.org/situation/syria, or to the U.N.
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Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry

The Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry was created to serve immigrants who are in prison awaiting deportation, and to provide spiritual support for prisoners’ families. The seeds of this ministry were sown nearly five years ago when Rev. Gerson Annunciaçao began visiting Brazilian immigrants who were in this condition. With the increasing number of imprisoned Brazilian immigrants, such visits became more urgent and thus more frequent. It was necessary then, instead of individual visits, to hold collective meetings that could accommodate many inmates. With such a format, the opportunity came to conduct Bible studies in the Plymouth County Correctional Facility initially serving several Brazilian prisoners.… Continue

Rev. Gerson Annunciacao – September 1, 2015

  1. The number of immigrants in prison continues very unstable. In Boston ICE is holding two units, in Bristol only one, and Plymouth two. In Plymouth beside the Bible Studies among ICE units there is also the Bible Study among Spanish speaking prisoners on trial. The average attendance in August was bigger than July, (60 – 65).
  2. I have talked with some people about to begin a Bible Study group in Fall River. About 12 told me they are interested to be part of this group, including three former inmates and their spouses. One former inmate will come from Worcester, MA. Firstly I thought to start on Summer but soon I realized it was not a good time to start anything.
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Rev. Gerson Annunciaçao – Big Tent 2015

To The Church Development Committee

Presbytery of Southern New England

Att.: Rev. Paulo de Tarso Ribeiro

         Re.: Big Tent Gerson’s Report

Introduction

 

Firstly I want to thank the Church Development Committee for the scholarship that allowed my wife and I to attend the Big Tent 2015 which happened from July 30th to August 2nd in Knoxville, TN. This was the fourth time I attended a Big Tent, what means I did attend all the editions of the Big Tent since it was created. For me, the Big Tent is an opportunity for learning about the several programs our denomination is holding and, also, an opportunity to interact with Presbyterians from several parts of the USA.… Continue